But for some residents, the pledge had a particularly special meaning this morning. 56 people became new U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Mohawk Valley Community College.
One Utica woman became a citizen in September and today, she watched her friends take the oath of allegiance.
"I am very grateful and i feel like we are free.We gain freedom and opportunity and human rights in this country. I'm very proud and i feel like we are very blessed to be here," says Tha Dah Paw, Thailand native.
Oneida County holds 4 naturalization ceremonies per year. And today's ceremony was the last of the 2012.